Every year, the month of May has been the National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM).

NMAM began in 1999 when the late Senator John McCain introduced legislation designating the month of May as National Military Appreciation Month. His legislation received bipartisan support and both the Senate and the House of Representatives adopted resolutions calling for the country to recognize and honor all of our service members during the month.

With many of our holidays becoming nothing more than three-day weekends for the majority of Americans, McCain’s vision was that this would bring a renewed focus on their original purpose. NMAM is designed to remind us all of the extreme sacrifice given by our military members. It is a time for members of the military, past, and present, to participate in local events that bring more public attention to the Forces.

So, as we roll into May, (can you believe it is May already?), we celebrate and honor both the current and former members of the United States Armed Forces, especially those who died protecting the freedoms we enjoy. It is a good reminder to U.S. citizens of the important role the military has played in protecting our freedoms and serving all of us.

There are several military-themed events and celebrations every NMAM.

Loyalty Day:

Friday, May 1, 2020.

Loyalty Day is the day for people to reaffirm their loyalty to the United States and recognize the heritage of American freedom. It began on May 1, 1930, when about 10,000 Veterans of Foreign War members rallied at New York’s Union Square to promote patriotism. It was officially adopted in 1950.